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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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85 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 32.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 01-16-2009

Shotgun Betty is a sexy, tough cowgirl who is always armed and dangerous. Don’t be fooled by her good looks, she will have you for an appetizer! That’s why we picked her to represent our Hefeweizen. Shotgun Betty is a wheat beer with rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish. Sound good? Try one. But beware, once Betty gets a hold of you there is no escape.
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 419
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of banana, clove and lemon in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness followed by a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and while the head is decent, it is somewhat lacking for the style; not a whole lot of lacing, either

Smell: Rather subtle elements of banana and bubblegum to go along with the more spice forward elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a lemon and clove spice character jutting forward; a hint of banana appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow, but the overall effect is more lemony and clovey

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of the creamy character but it does have a bit of puckery crispness

Overall: Not anywhere near the great German hefes, this is a decent beer and would make for a good American wheat but it lacks the banana and mouthfeel that it needs to get into the upper echelon

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some bread and then the typical hefeweizen triumvirate of banana, clove, and bubble gum. Light astringency, actually. The flavor is a bit off in a manner that's difficult to describe, though the right components are all there. Light body with average carbonation. Not bad, though not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed mix of honey and peach colors, fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly of toasty wheat malt,a light tinge of clove came thru as well.Lighter flavors with more wheat flavors than many of the style,there is subtle clove and banana notes but not real big.Not a bad stab at the style,went down well yesterday in the heat down here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decided to go the full round with lonerider and try a couple of new ones as well while i was at it. a nice hazy yellow pour with a good bit of carbonation coming up towards the surface. a smooth and even lacing that permeated throughout the glass.

aroma is very faint, lots of wheat, hints of light fruit and touches of earthy notes, but again nothing really standing out to me as being different then any other in the style. light flavor but as it warms it starts to come around. nice touches of banana and light bready malts make up the back bone here with a clean and crisp flavor that seems to bounce off the palate. smooth and lean finish leaves you thirsty for more.

not a bad offering at all, just needs a little bit more of a punch.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average wheat beer with modest German flavors.

Nice head with small bubbles and leaves a decent patch of lacing. Mouthfeel is nice with just enough carbonation. Wet cardboard nose. Faint esters and fruity flavors. Some hops give it a touch of bitterness. A little bubble gum. More bitterness than those in the the nice rich, malty German style.

Not much here if you're looking for a Hefeweizen style, but quite drinkable. Could be refreshing on a hot day. But flavor doesn't stay long, like the perfect guest.

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap.
Not good looking, with a hazy brown body and a minimal head.
The aroma is even less appealing.
Redeemed by the flavor which is weird for style but modestly enjoyable.

O: Weak offering from an otherwise recommended brewery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Can shared by RussianDragon. Pale golden / dark yellow body with a small head. Candied sugary aroma with the expected banana and clove. Thin body. A bit sweet, but not too. Pretty good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a hazy gold with 1/4" head. Nose offers clove with a little yeast. Initially this beer tastes predominantly of clove and wheat, but as the beer warm clove, wheat, yeast, and a mild banana begin to blend nicely. The beer is light bodied and mildly carbonated. A great offering!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

Your classic Hefe is presented with a cloudy orb glowing lemon yellow with wonderful dark gold hues on the edges. Simple white creamy head. Looks great.

Brings the classic hefe sense, fresh banana ripe and peeled, with hints of clove. Very LARGE nose on this it's very obvious and aggressive.

It feels like a large beer is coming, but even for a hefe on taste this is very light. Light bodied fruit sense and esters, kind of wet with an airy clove finish.

Overall still a very solid beer, but it seems to smell better than it tastes if you ask me. Nobody though, is complaining.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, foamy, off-white head, and a tone of carbonation action in the body. The aromas are subtle banana and clove, with a bready backbone, and light cinnamon spicing. Flavors are spice blend forward, with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, on a smooth and sweet banana backbone. Light and balanced. The body is smooth and light, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is like a sweet piece of banana bread, with a slight sugary highlight. Smooth, roasted linger on an otherwise dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, in fact it has some flashes of being very good indeed. The problem is, it's a bit too bitter. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm fine with some bitterness in a hefe, but it's a fine balancing act. If you're going to go that route, you need to be sure that the bitterness stays in balance with the lovely yeast notes in the hefe. Done just right, the bitterness can draw a line under the banana and clove and add a nice dimension. A little too heavy handed and you end up eclipsing the yeast and you essentially have a wheated pale ale. This one has some flashes of nice banana and clove, but the bitterness hides most of the yeasty notes. It also fades a bit on the finish and becomes a little too dry and thin. Still, it has some nice notes of banana, grain, and spice that peek through from time to time, and is fairly enjoyable, but I wish restraint had been the watchword here as far as the hops were concerned.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep yellow with good carbonation and a big white head. Nose is banana, clove, wheat, good but standard. Taste is a burst of banana, clove and then some wheat. Very nice and pleasant. Mouthfeel is a great combo of good strong banana, clove and a light booze. Very crisp and very drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, some wheat. Taste is banana, wheat, cloves, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to Escargobier for this one - cheers Mike!

It should be noted that I separated the sediment, and poured it back in after finishing half of the beer.

A: Cloudy - it's got a rugged vanilla haze to it that envelopes the light. The separated sediment looks murky and thick.

S: Smoked pork belly and fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

T: Buttery and creamy, it really showcases that hefe flavor profile of banana and nila wafer. It finishes with a good dose of pork fat and yeast.

M: Lighter body then I would have expected, but it's balanced once the dregs are introduced back into the brew. Well carbonated.

O: I do not like hefe's and I never have. Having said that, I can still appreciate a good beer when I come across it, and this is one. It's fairly solid - it doesn't flash greatness in any one area, it all just comes together for a total package that's worth drinking.

I would recommend consuming Shotgun Betty fresh, as I had one but a week or two off the line and it was even better.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Evenly coudy golden yellow color. Poured a 1 finger coarse, stark white head with fair retention. Laced in broken rings.

S: Pleasant bready wheat malt. Muted banana and clove notes with some lemon zest in the background

T: Very consistent with aroma. Even, noble hop bitter adds a cleansing bite to the crips, refreshing finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish; great for a warm, spring afternoon.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing. Calssic for teh style.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beavers for this extra.

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The a medium cloudy honey gold. There is a white head that rises about a full finger but fades pretty quickly to leavea light ring around the glass. The lacing is light.

The aroma is medium showing sweet banana and clove that would expect. Nothing more or less, solid.

The taste is pretty nice. It starts off kinda boring without a ton of flavor but then brings about some nice sweetness and little bitter finish.

The feel is pretty full, light carbonation, and really nice dry finish.

This is really drinkability.

Overall, I'm really pleased. A very good hefe.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave Guay for sharing this one. Best before 06.08.12 indicated on the label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with no head. Nose is somewhat subdued - clove, light banana esters and a suggestion of yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however a wheat character comes out in the flavor profile which is a bit forward of those qualities expressed in the nose. There is also a light, non-distinct citrus character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that comes off a bit coarse. Overall, not a bad domestic hefeweizen; however, there are definitely better examples of the style out there. Not sure if age has affected this beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says PCKG 06/30/2014.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a couple short-lived clots behind.

S- Rich yeasty aroma brings notes of lemongrass and banana. Also some spice.

T- Flavor follows suit with plenty of fruity esters from the yeast. Quite sweet with minimal bitterness. There's even a kind of vanilla wafer thing going on as well as lots and lots of banana.

M- Milky in texture with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though this brewery's choice of branding had me questioning whether or not their beer is legit, this second offering I've had from them is making me realize you just can't judge a book by its cover. Solid beers thus far.

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Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold with a big bubbled collar, no lace, not too appealing.

Smell is pretty esters, classic Bavarian mix, banana and clove, rubbery.

Taste is similar, big esters, tons bubblegum, a touch phenolic as well. Really candied.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, lacking snap.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this is just too candied, and the watery stillness doesn't help. Below average.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle citrus note, typical but still promising. It pours a hazy solar yellow; I was not able to get much of a head. Mouth-filling flavor has firm wheaty, yeasty and sweet lemon notes plus a hint of orange. Though typical and not complex, it is still pleasing and refreshing. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz, leaving a wheaty, tingly finish with plenty of citrus.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden-yellow color with lots of haze; opaque pretty much all the way though, except for maybe the very edges. A thin white head forms momentarily before it wisps away into nothing. Pretty standard looking hefeweizen, although maybe a slightly brighter shade of yellow than most.

I take a whiff and ugh, what the hell am I smelling? Something very weird and off-putting caught me off guard and took me a bit by surprise. Almost like a wet dog, or sweaty socks. Funky, but not an acceptable "brett" or "barnyard" kind of way. Funky as in old or mildew-ish. Lots of sulfur and yeast lay behind that weird-ass smell. Tons of yeast. That characteristic mint, clove, bubblegum combo is there, but it's almost too powerful, not to mention doesn't work well with the other strange aromas.

Luckily it doesn't taste nearly as bad as it smells, although it's still far from impressive. Mild astringency up front - not a tartness, just a small bite that grabs the back end of the tongue for a moment. Lightly fruity and sweet with some apple skins and lemon zest floating about. The yeast is also a bit lighter at first, but gets heavier towards the end, and even heavier when the beer has time to warm up. Light hop bitterness stings around three-quarters of the way through, but dissipates quickly without a trace. The aftertaste leaves your mouth coated with the yeast, and a bit of clove and bread. Thin-medium body, decent carbonation.

Yeesh, this one was strange. The smell was all over the place and unfortunately not too enjoyable. The taste was much better, yet still wasn't anything to rave about. Thanks to Jeff for sharing this, but I'll be passing this one up if I ever see it again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thickly clouded Hefeweizen, the color's in the darker range but still a shade of yellow and appropriate for the style. A fizzy white head struggles and doesn't last for more than a few seconds. It does have continuous bubbling, but it doesn't help to constitute more than a bit at the edges, and it doesn't really leave much lacing to speak of. I smell it coming out of the bottle, so I'm not too worried.
The aroma gives off all the banana and clove I could hope for under a backbone of wheat that doesn't interfere too much with letting the yeast do what it does, and the flavor does very much the same. Gentle black pepper spiciness is still able to come out nicely as well. Not too dusty with just a bit of earth to it, there's a good balance also well established, a feat required to be performed by means other than hops.
The body almost reaches medium. There's crispness all the way. It's a bit smooth but overall the edges could be smoothed out in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sudsy, Yeast, Bread, Banana

Rich, spicy, banana taffy. Smooth and easy to knock back. Clove and banana combo are at a perfect level. Yeast is a bit pushy though the bready maltiness is pleasing on the palate. A good sip but just a half step behind the originals / German counterparts. Well worth a go.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head stands at a finger high, with a white shade. Typical of the style, it has a creamy texture and unimpressive retention. Tiny amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S: The nose has elements of a solid hefeweizen...those elements are just watered down. There are some subtle notes of clove, noble hopping, and wheat. I'm not getting much banana - to be fair, I'm not getting much else either.

T: This works a little better. It leans closer to clove than banana, but I can pick up both...barely. There is an okay touch of hoppiness to finish its clove-y profile, at least. The problem isn't that it's bad - it's that its both muddled and weak-tasting. There aren't any defined flavors here, dragging it down to Averageville.

M: Like the flavor profile, it ticks a lot of hefeweizen boxes: well carbonated, somewhat soft from the wheat malt, and dry on the back end. It goes down fairly easily, but a stronger taste would make the feel even better.

O: This is one of my favorite styles, but even taking that into consideration, this beer is merely average at best. It hits all the right notes, just without any discernible standout qualities. A mere shadow next to the German stalwarts, and even a step or two below the best American examples.

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.